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By Robbin Laird During my latest visit to MAWTS-1 in May 2018, the work of the MAWTS-1 team during WTI-18-2 was the focus of attention. MAWTS-1 is working on reshaping Marine Corps approaches to moving forward from a primary focus on counter intersurgency. The strategic shift from counter-insurgency to contested operations was the focus of the most recent seminar of the Williams Foundation provides a baseline examination of the strategic shift. At MAWTS-1, one can…

RAF Marham Prepares for Its Transition

05/24/2018Last year, we visited RAF Marham and got an update on the progress with regard to the base in preparation for the arrival of its first squadron of… Read more »

Shaping a 21st Century Air Base at Ørland: Visiting the 132 Air Wing

05/22/2018By Robbin Laird I have had the opportunity to visit F-35 bases since the standup of the first one at Eglin Air Force base. And this year, I… Read more »

VFA-147 Transitions to the F-35

05/21/2018On April 18, the U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-147 ‘Argonauts,’ completed its first F-35C flight at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, Calif. The inaugural flight supports the… Read more »

The Way Ahead for Norwegian Airpower: The Perspective of the Vice Chief of the Norwegian Air Force

05/20/2018By Robbin Laird During my visit to Norway in April 2018, I had a chance to meet with and discuss the Norwegian way ahead on airpower with Brigadier… Read more »

An Update on Japanese F-35s, May 15, 2018

05/17/2018In a press conference held by the Japanese Defense Minister, he provided an update on the standup of Japanese F-35s in Japan. I will provide a report on… Read more »

UK F-35s Coming to RAF Marham in June 2018

05/17/2018We recently visited RAF Marham and will report on that visit along with visits to RAF Coningsby and Portsmouth as well. On May 16, 2018, the UK Ministry… Read more »

Standing Up the F-35 at Ørland Airbase: Preparing IOC and Working Towards F-35 2.0

05/16/2018By Robbin Laird During my visit to Ørland Airbase, I had a chance to talk with Brigadier General Aage Longva, Vice Chief of the Norwegian Air Force, whose… Read more »

Antonovs Deliver F-35 Training Equipment to Aussie F-35 Training Center

05/04/2018RAAF Base Williamtown hosted one of the world’s largest cargo aircraft, an Antonov An-124 on Wednesday 2 May, and Thursday 3 May to deliver F-35A training equipment. The… Read more »

USS Wasp Flight Ops

04/22/2018F-35B Lightning II pilots with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit perform flight operations aboard the USS Wasp (LHD-1) during Certification Exercise, April 13, 2018.  The 31st MEU and… Read more »